INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announces the appointment of the Rev. Christine K. (Chris) Newman-Jacobs as superintendent of the Northwest District. Currently, she serves as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Chesterton (North District). At the same time, Coyner also announces the appointment of the Rev. Craig LaSuer, current superintendent of the Northwest District, as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of West Lafayette. Both appointments are effective July 1.
Newman-Jacobs was ordained an Elder in the Indiana Conference in 1988. She has served as associate pastor at Valparaiso and Warsaw First UMCs. She served as pastor at Morris Chapel, North Webster and Churubusco before being appointed to Chesterton as senior pastor in 2008. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis (B.S. in Education-1976) and from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (M.Div.-1986).
She is married to the Rev. Paul Newman-Jacobs, currently serving at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart as a United Methodist-endorsed hospital chaplain. They have two daughters, Hilary (24), a graduating senior in pharmacy at Ohio Northern University and Hannah (17), a graduating senior at Chesterton High School. Before coming to Indiana, she was employed by the YWCA in New Jersey and the YMCA in Michigan.
In making this announcement, Coyer said, “I am pleased the Rev. Christine Newman-Jacobs has agreed to serve as the superintendent of the Northwest District. Chris is a very respected clergy leader in the Indiana Conference who is especially well known in the northern part of the state. In addition to serving churches of various sizes in northern Indiana, she has served on the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and in other district and conference leadership capacities.
“She brings an excellent sense of the challenges facing middle-sized churches, as well as experience on the staff of larger churches and pastoral service in smaller congregations. Her husband, the Rev. Paul Newman-Jacobs, also is an Elder of the Indiana Conference who serves in hospital chaplaincy. Paul is a native of the Lafayette area and a product of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry. Together Chris and Paul and their family will be a great addition to the Northwest District and Chris will be a great addition to the Indiana Cabinet.”
LaSuer was ordained Elder in 1987 in the Indiana Conference and has served congregations at Fort Wayne Good Shepherd, Zanesville and Lafayette Christ. He is a graduate of Ball State University and United Theological Seminary and is married to Joy Ellen LaSuer.